Leonardo da Vinci

Where the spirit does not work with the hand there is no art.

--Leonardo da Vinci

Friday, November 18, 2011

Steigerwald Gold

Steigerwald Gold
This last weekend i was a bit under the weather with a monster bull frog in my throat and my wife would not let me go out in the field to paint. It was a big dissapointment; for being an overcast showery weekend, the atmospheric colors appeared to be strong and vivid. At least from our kitchen window they were.
I took the opportunity to work this larger studio piece of Steigerwald. It is the same composition as last week's painting only i pushed the values a bit, and maybe a bit too far. So i'm stewing on whether to leave it or continue; the infamous age old question.
The great thing i love about working on a painting in multiple sittings is the layering and textured that can only be obtained after the paint has dried to some degree. To me the dragging of paint over dried or semi-dried paint is like taking a big bite of Thanksgiving dinner, absolutely mouthwatering, and something i just can't get enough of.
Matter of fact, i might start calling these my pizza paintings. They get piled high with layers of delicious toppings; and i'm a deep dish, combo kind a guy.
Ever had a Juliano's Hurricane? Oooooooh Ya, if so, then you know what i'm talkin' bout.


  1. Hey Mike,

    I love the painting just the way it is, I wouldnt change a thing! And as usual I love your blog stories! My friend Kim owns Juliano's so I know first hand the deliciousness you speak of! In fact ask me sometime about my "hurricane" story....its a good one. Keep up the great painting my friend!


  2. Keep piling it on -- it's lovely :-)

  3. This painting looks fantastic....especially in that gold frame. I like your thick paintings...I may have to try that for myself! Beautiful!

  4. As good as this looks on my screen, it looks sooooooo much better in person. Wonderful.